MSO10443 - Old Forge, Winsford (Building)


A 19th Century smithy that has now been converted to a house. The blacksmith retired in the late 1930s, after which the building briefly house a china and gift shop before the Second World War.

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Full Description

The Tithe Map for Winsford shows the site as a clear plot. [1] A Smithy is shown on the 1st and 2nd Edition Ordnance Survey maps at SS 9053 3487. [2,3] Shown as 'The Old Forge' on recent map and converted to a house. [4] A former forge is mentioned in a record of 1870 but was converted to a dwelling and lock up shop in the 1930s. [5] For a short time just before the war, there was a china and gift shop at the Old Forge, the blacksmith having retired in the late 1930s. The building is first mentioned in 1870 in a Conveyance, in possession of the Clatworthy family, with mention of Rt. Hon. Sir Francis Dyke Acland. When in use, it housed two blacksmiths and a wheelwright, with the neighbouring field ("Smithy Field") used to house horses while the carts and traps they pulled were repaired. In the 1930s, the interior was converted to a dwelling with a lock up shop infront and named "Riverside". It was sold to Mrs C Wilton in 1965 and renamed "Old Forge". [6]

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1> Map: 1839. Winsford Tithe Map and Apportionment. Land parcel 643.
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. c.1904. 1:2500 map, second edition.
  • <3> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <4> Map: Ordnance Survey. 2005. Landline Information.
  • <5> Report: Fisher, J.. 2005. Winsford: Village Character Appraisal.
  • <6> Leaflet: Various. 2004. A Winsford Anthology. 16, 50-51.



Grid reference Centred SS 9053 3487 (15m by 14m) (MasterMap)
Map sheet SS93SW

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  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 19420

Record last edited

Jul 26 2016 11:37AM


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